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[The day I wrote this, my entire life changed direction, 180 deegrees. Until that day I had been struggling as the first married student in the State of Florida to re-enter general education classes, and was fighting Hell and High Water to stay afloat. When I realized what I'd said, the tides of disapproval changed direction and I was suddenly free to become whoever destiny decided I should be.]

(Editorís Choice Award, 1997, The Poetry Guild)

I have determined to grow green grass
In wasted desert sand;

To bring the cool, spring showers down
On a dry and desolate land.

I will beckon to the songbird
To come and make its home:

And seek out the lion
And give him space to roam.

Though I have no land myself...
My mindís the treasured spot.

Iíll cultivate its dunes and sow
The seeds of fresh, green thought.


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The following comments are for "I Make Myself This Promise (1964)"
by MaxiiJ


I am not surprised this changed people's feelings, it is brilliant piece of work!

I think that this shows your strength of character and think that any educational establishment would cherish this as its pupils mission statement.

I think it is the best I have ever read and is in a class of its own.

Thank you very much,


( Posted by: ivordavies [Member] On: May 21, 2004 )

let maxii talk to me
mr maxii
can u talk to me i wrote NIGERIA

( Posted by: poetdave [Member] On: May 21, 2004 )

This is wonderful!!! Definately Awesome. You are an incredible writer, hats off to you!

( Posted by: nae411 [Member] On: May 21, 2004 )

THANK YOU ALL for your kind words
Some times I know I have to fight to get the wording right, but other times it's the Sprite of Inspiration that really does the writing. I think the inspiring muse did this one. It was my first attempt at poetry.

( Posted by: MaxiiJ [Member] On: May 21, 2004 )

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